Vanarama National League North
NFU v Lowestoft Town
Monday 31 August Kick-off 3.00 pm
Ferriby entertain Lowestoft Town on Bank Holiday Monday
The Villagers will be looking to extend their five game unbeaten run. The last four games have ended in draws. Ferriby will be looking to gain a victory on Monday
The game between the two games last season ended in a win for Lowestoft. The previous Saturday, The Villagers had beaten Bath City to reach the FA Trophy Final and in midweek had a long trip to Oxford City. Therefore, it was probably no surprise that the Lowestoft game was one of Ferriby’s most subdued performances of the season.
Ferriby are one place above Lowestoft. They are two of a large group of clubs on seven points, but Ferriby have the better goal difference. Lowestoft drew 2-2 with Corby Town at Lowestoft on Saturday.
Saturday’s game at Bradford was a rather strange affair. It was entertaining but despite ending four all, it was not a wonderfully exciting match.
Leading 4-2 at half-time, The Villagers looked to have the game won at half-time and certainly would have won had Mark Gray’s header just after half-time gone in rather than clip the bar and go over.
Bradford reduced the two goal deficit with the best goal of the game and two minutes later The Villagers were up against it as Nathan Hotte was rather harshly sent-off. His challenge on Chib Chilaka deserved a yellow card rather than red.
Ferriby defended well for the final 30 minutes as Bradford pressed them back without creating too many opportunities. However Chilaka completed his hat-trick to equalise and deny Ferriby all the points.
Manager Billy Heath commented,
“The sending-off killed the game for us to a large extent. We looked to be heading for a win at half-time. If Mark Gray’s header had gone in to make it 5-2 it would probably have been game over for Bradford.
“The lads did well in the final half-hour. They dug-in and showed a lot of spirit. A Many teams would have lost in this situation. I’m pleased with point in the end.
“Hopefully we will find the win that we have deserved in recent games on Monday. We are creating chances and we showed on Saturday that we are capable of taking them.”
Ferriby will again be without central defender Danny Hone who has a medial ligament injury and is likely to be out for a further four weeks. Adam Bolder sits-out the final game of a three matchsuspension following his opening day dismissal.
NFU squad: Adam Nicklin, Tom Nicholson, Ben Middleton, Josh Wilde, Ash Palmer, Mark Gray, Liam King, Russ Fry, Danny Clarke, Danny Emerton, Curtis Bateson, Tom Davie, Nathan Hotte, Ryan Kendall, Tom Denton, Jamie Forrester, Ross Armstrong, Sam Topliss